2) Funny what you can learn from books, suggesting THEY don't read.
3) Exhibit A: Michael D'Antonio, "Never Enough," the last bio of Trump before the election by a lib Trump critic
5) Donald Trump immediately saw all the necessary components: "generous help from the government" and "a top-notch hotel operator as a partner"
7) Hyatt's participation would convince Penn Central that Trump could manage the Commodore.
8) Penn Central execs gave Trump an "informal first position on the property" based on a $10m purchase price
10) For Trump, who did not have the $250,000 to finalize his option on the property, this wasn't an issue. He told the press he had "an option" and a "purchase contract" for the Commodore
12) D'Antonio noted, "This omission either went unnoticed or no one cared about it."
13) Well, it wasn't entirely unnoticed.
16) He then used the city to leverage Hyatt because he was bringing real estate value to the partnership. (Talk about cajones!)
17) "The key to it all," D'Antonio writes, "was PAPERWORK SLEIGHT OF HAND, which became . . . a matter of PRIDE FOR TRUMP."
Wait, don't you have to read to do paperwork sleight of hand? But I digress
19) But Trump wasn't done dealing. Once he started on the hotel. He then negotiated another deal with the Urban Development Corporation which had become nearly shuttered when . . .
20) Trump and Hyatt would save $4m a year.
(I wonder where he read that?)
23) In a MOST UNUSUAL TWIST, for a period of 9 months Trump would be permitted to abandon the project with NO PENALTY if things didn't work out for him.
(But, I'm sure he never read that in the fine print).
All from a guy who "couldn't read" contracts, building codes, loan and lease agreements, tax codes.
Right. His lawyers did all that. Except his main lawyer was Roy Cohn
26) He was a fixer who made sure Trump didn't get into trouble.